inelastic collision

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inelastic collision

n.
A collision between bodies in which part of their kinetic energy is transformed to another form of energy, tending to result in the slowing or joining together of the bodies.
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Some studies have shown that phase contrast images are related to the energy dissipation in the process of imaging the surface, once which has already be shown that inelastic interactions are responsible for the appearance of phase shift (TAMAYO; GARCIA, 1998).
Effects of elastic and inelastic interactions on phase contrast images in tapping-mode scanning force microscopy.